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Marianne von Werefkin

Tula, Russland, 1860 — 1936

Marianne von Werefkin (1860, Tula - 1936, Ascona) created her first Expressionist paintings in 1907 and later became a member of the artists' group Blauer Reiter. She moved in the most important artistic circles in Europe and exerted a strong influence on the development of various painting styles of her time.
From 1918, Werefkin lived in Ascona, where she actively supported the local artists. There she intensified her poetic visual language, which in general became more narrative and enigmatic. Romanticism, symbolism, and spirituality formed the basis of her artistic style, with which she expressed her inner landscapes. Vibrant colours and forms, combined with symbolist elements, reflect a wealth of emotions with a dominant pathos. In addition, Werefkin wanted to convey ethical values through her art and thus combined socially critical statements with lyrical expressionism.